Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I bless the day I first found SparkPeople, guess it was back in December 2007. It has helped me in so many ways, not the least of which happens to be losing ~25 pounds. I have learned an enormous amount of facts about food, exercise and general well-being!
I have more friends (although they are "virtual") than I've had in my entire life. Some of them I have gotten so close to we have exchanged personal email addresses. Friendship is a wonderful thing when you are on a journey -- a journey that is going to have it's share of slipping and sliding and sometimes, falling completely off the road. There is always a hand extended from one of those friends to help pull you out of the ditch and get you back on track!
And with all the Teams that are on Spark you are sure to find several that are just the right fit for you. If not -- make your own Team. I've always loved being a "Leader" so it was natural for me to create teams that fit my interests in life. And through them I've met so many really amazing people.
The recipes were the first thing that caught my interest. I've made up a whole cookbook of just Spark recipes. I try them, and if I like them, they go in my book. It's a notebook so more pages can be added easily -- and it's a joy to know that all of them are going to enhance my health.
Who wouldn't love the trackers that are offered on this wonderful site. At a glance you can see just where you made good or bad choices, as you look over the entries you have made for the day as you track your food. Sodium is a sneaky little character, and it's surprising how quickly those grams can add up. Sugar, salt and fat -- it's what we all crave, and what we have to be so careful of in our food plans (did you notice, I don't like the word "diet").
Challenges are fun! Even if it is filling in a city from A-Z, or a food/drink or a serious challenge of losing a certain amount of pounds within a time frame. Exercise your mind, it's a good way to keep Al at bay (that's short for Alzheimer's). This wonderful site is full of goodies for all ages, whether you be male or female. And if you happen to enjoy writing you can blog, each and every day if you like. That's another place the "friends" come in -- they read them and make comments.
SparkPeople really is